Return to Gold Mountain

02/19/2020
Dimensions: 22"X30" framed price" $1400.
PrintmakingRelief Prints
Photo Credit: E. Rausenberg

A recent multi-colored, multi-block woodcut print. The title refers to the term Gold Mountain as western Canada was called by immigrant workers from China early in the 20th century. The lure of gold was usually disappointing, and a majority ended up working hard labour building the railway throughout the province, farming or fishing.

But parts of Powell Street and Chinatown in Vancouver still carry and reflect some of this past. I juxtaposed traditional lanterns with the old wood cladding and facade, including a bare light bulb in one window. A band of red suggests wealth and script, though abstractly suggested. 

This 'faded splendor' is anchored on the bottom by a band of crows.